14.1) By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Dow has collaborated with the Ocean Conservancy for more than 30 years to remove debris and pollutants from oceans and waterways. In 2012, Dow and the Ocean Conservancy have joined hands to form the Trash Free Seas Alliance® to identify ways to stop land-based trash from ever reaching the ocean. In Taiwan, Dow paired up with the Society of Wildness to start Protect Ocean in 2012, hosting a series of seminars, films, outdoor tours and coastal cleanup events. In 2014, more than 200 Dow Taiwan employees and families joined International Coastal Cleanup activities in Taipei, Hsinchu and Chiayi to help protect our oceans. Working alongside the Society of Wildness, Dow volunteers helped remove more than 6,600 pounds of trash. Dow Greece partnered with Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association in the World Coastal Cleanup Campaign with volunteers cleaning beaches next to its Lavrion operations.
14.2) By 2020, sustainably manage, and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience and take action for their restoration, to achieve healthy and productive oceans
14.3) Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
14.4) By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting, and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
14.5) By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on best available scientific information
14.6) By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and eliminate subsidies that contribute to IUU fishing, and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiation
14.7) By 2030 increase the economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Means of Implementation
14.a) Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular SIDS and LDCs
The World Ocean Council (WOC) is the international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainable development, stewardship and science, i.e. “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” for the ocean 71% of the planet. Through the WOC’s “Smart Ocean - Smart Industries” Platform, leadership companies are improving our understanding of the ocean by using commercial vessels and platforms to cost effectively collect ocean, weather and climate data from the blue planet. This information supports the ability for the international community to understand climate change, measure, manage and protect marine biodiversity, and advance disaster reduction.
14.b) Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Walmart’s commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood promotes collaborative efforts that bring together farmers, processors, importers, local governments, NGOs and manufacturers to develop region-specific fishery and aquaculture improvement projects. For example, National Fish & Seafood Inc., a Walmart supplier, has collaborated with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and Global Aquaculture Alliance to make it feasible for small farmers to become certified to globally recognized sustainability standards. Together, they’ve created the Small Farm Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP), which assists scores of independent farmers in addressing important issues and achieving BAP certification.
14.c) Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Walmart aspires to have 100 percent of its fresh, frozen, farmed and wild seafood to be third–party certified by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or managing a program in accordance with the Principles of Credible Sustainability Programs developed by The Sustainability Consortium, or actively working toward certification, involved in a Fishery Improvement Project or Aquaculture Improvement Project in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Sam’s Club U.S. To date, more than 90 percent of Walmart U.S, Sam’s Club U.S., Asda and Walmart Canada’s fresh and frozen, farmed and wild seafood is sustainably sourced in accordance with Walmart’s Seafood Policy (69 percent is certified by MSC and 95 percent of our farmed supply chain is certified by BAP). Additionally, 15 percent of their supply is involved in Fishery Improvement Projects, with plans in place to achieve sustainable certification.